About

Niles Township High School District 219 has entered into an innovative joint initiative with Skokie/Morton Grove Elementary School District 69, Golf Elementary School District 67, and Niles Township District for Special Education 807 to ensure that all students from kindergarten through 12th grade benefit from a guaranteed and viable common curriculum and assessment program that properly prepares them for high school, college, careers and beyond. This initiative, called Collaborative for Curriculum (formerly known as Classrooms 1st), is part of the D219 Board of Education’s “Articulate” goal, which identifies K-12 curricular collaboration as the key to achieving high school and college readiness.

Mission

To ensure that all students from kindergarten through 12th grade benefit from a guaranteed and viable common curriculum and assessment program in College Readiness stem and literacy that properly prepares them for high school and college.

Goals

D219 has entered into a 10-year Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with D67, D69, and NTDSE #807.  Each Districts’ Boards of Education have committed to achieving the following goals over the 10 years:
1. Establish a guaranteed and viable curriculum and assessment program through an aligned K-12 scope and sequence in STEM and literacy.
  • Align literacy and Math units of study and lesson plans to Common Core Standards, with assessments to monitor student growth and achievement
  • Align Science units of study and lesson plans to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), with assessments to monitor student growth and achievement
  • Offer applied opportunities for students to synthesize math and science concepts in Engineering and Technology, further aligning with NGSS.
  • Offer STEM co-curricular, extra-curricular and summer enhancement opportunities for students focused on both need and benefit.
2. Use data to monitor individual student growth and achievement to identify need for academic interventions and enrichments as early as possible.
  • Track every student’s academic growth toward achievement of high school and college readiness via the Individualized Learning Plan (ILP).
  • Establish baseline Math and Science achievement scores.
  • Utilize the same student information system to align assignments and formative classroom assessments to learning targets K-12 to provide data for placement and interventions.
  • Analyze return on investment for courses, interventions and student support programming developed to help students be high school and college ready.
3. Redirect resources to classroom instruction and services that support students to be ready for high school and college.
  • Identify and eliminate inefficient, duplicative or unnecessary administrative and operating expenses.
  • Align systems and office supports such as Infinite Campus student information system, the Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) and analytics.
4. Develop parent-school partnerships by inviting and allowing parents to become primary participants in their children’s education.
  • Expand opportunities for parents to play a more supportive role in the educational experience of their children.
  • Examine opportunities to engage parents and future students from birth to age five in rich educational experiences.
5. Expand teachers’ leadership capacity by providing all school employees with the skills to help students succeed.
  • Provide professional development that equips teachers and staff members to provide students with a STEM-enriched learning environment.
  • Develop a teacher evaluation system that aligns with best practices and meets state requirements.
District 67, District 69, NTDSE #807 and District 219 have entered into a historic agreement to make sure that all elementary students will be college and career ready. This partnership ensures that all District 67, District 67, and NTDSE #807 families will have a consistent, family-friendly school experience from the time a child enters Kindergarten to the day they graduate high school. The high school and elementary districts will work together closely to make sure that every student has learned key, specific academic concepts at the appropriate grade level before moving on to the next grade. Teachers will help students and their parents monitor their individual progress so they know if they are on track to succeed. If not, their teachers will implement specific interventions to help the students achieve the targeted outcomes. Collaborative for Curriculum is a pilot project that is meant to develop curricular initiatives and best practice methods that can be implemented by other sender school elementary districts in Niles Township. The districts will focus on the K-12 core curriculum of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), and Literacy. D219 has created the following administrative positions:
  • Executive Director of K-12 STEM and Literacy
  • Director of K-8 Literacy
  • Director of K-12 Mathematics
  • Director fo K-8 Science
  • Instructional Coordinators
These curriculum leaders will work with CFC partner districts to align curriculum and instruction to the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

CFC Timeline

August 14, 2014 District 219 approves Classrooms First Intergovernmental Agreement
August 19, 2014 District 69 votes to join Classrooms First
May 2015 Eureka Math curriculum chosen
June 2, 2015 Summer Enrichment program begins
July 28-30, 2015 Eureka Math Regional Conference held at Niles North
July 30, 2015 District 67 votes to join Classrooms First
August 4, 2015 D219 approves Classrooms First Agreement with District 67
August 2015 STEM Modules are taught at all grade levels (K–5)
July 27-29, 2016 Eureka Math Regional Conference held at Niles North
October 25th, 2016 First Literacy Leadership Team meeting
August 2017 Writers Workshop model of instruction utilized at all grade levels K–8
March 2018 Grades 6-8 adopt the TCI science curriculum
August 2018 Fountas and Pinnell Classroom implemented for reading instruction in Grades PreK–3
August 2018 Schoolwide reading implemented for reading instruction in grades 5–8 (Golf) and 6–8 (Lincoln Jr. High)
January 2019 Math teachers from Niles Township middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools form Township Algebra in order to create a fully articulated Algebra 1 course
March 2019 Niles Township District for Special Education joins CFC
August 2019 Mystery Science materials provided for grades K–5
April 2020 D219 Board of Education approves additional CFC staffing
June 2020 Summer Algebra I program for incoming 9th graders piloted with CFC partners
October 2020 Science teachers from Niles Township middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools form Township Science in order to align science curricula to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and implement the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices